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Jay Stern has 20 years' experience directing and producing for stage, screen, and radio in New York City. He is a founder, producer, and host of the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival, screening monthly in NYC since April, 2002. Stern has produced and directed more than 30 short films. His work has won awards from the Montreal Film Festival and the National Educational Media Network, as well as screened in festivals across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His first feature film, The Changeling, opened in May, 2007, and his second feature, Spirit Cabinet, shot back to back with The Adventures of Paul and Marian, was completed late last year.

Stern produced two projects with writer/director/stand-up comic Victor Varnado: Roboto Supremo, (a short featuring a giant robot and Michel Gondry) and the feature The Awkward Comedy Show (which sold to Comedy Central and New Video).

In addition to his film work, Stern is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and has directed and produced more than 20 theatrical productions, from classical theater to world premieres by emerging American playwrights.  He is a founder of the World Wide Lab, a collective of international theater directors dedicaeted to creating collaborations between directors. He is also the director of Quicksilver Radio Theater's award-winning radio dramas which have been syndicated internationally.

He is a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School, where he studied with Peter Greenaway, John Waters, Siegfried Zielinski, Claude Lanzmann, Jacques Derrida, Agnes Varda and Volker Schlöndorff.

Jay Stern has been invited to lecture on ultra low budget filmmaking at Parsons School of Design in New York City and the Non Grata Arts Center in Tallinn, Estonia. He has programmed short film screenings for Comedy Central, Mass MoCA, Non Grata in Tallinn, Estonia, and the Woods Hole Film Festival.

Alan McIntyre Smith
Alan McIntyre Smith is a New York based cinematographer, director, and producer shooting feature films, music videos, commercials, and TV shows.  His first of three feature collaborations with director Tim McCann, “White Rabbit,” premiered at the Zurich Film Festival in 2013.  The film starts Sam Trammell (HBO’s True Blood), Nick Krause (The Descendants), Brit Robertson (CBS’sUnder the Dome), and Ryan Lee (Super 8). It is set for a winter 2014 theatrical release in the United States. The music videos Smith directed and shot have appeared on MTV.com, including Jordan JAE’s “Said No One Ever” and Ready Set’s “Love Like Woe.” AXS.com has hailed his most recent project with Jordan Joe, “Making Me Crazy,” “… radiates a refreshingly wholesome vibe that can honestly change your mood.” Smith studied filmmaking with the Oscar-nominated/Sundance winner Jill Godmilow at the University of Notre Dame. Smith currently shoots several TV shows, including Investigation Discovery’s “My Dirty Little Secret,” TLC’s “Four Weddings” and HGTV’s “House Hunters International.” Smith has also served as chief lighting technician for the Oscar winning film “Taxi to the Dark Side” and Oscar-nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” as well as the Sundance hit “The Station Agent.”  He teaches cinematography at Purchase College, State University of New York and at the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking.
Zach Abramson
Zach Abramson was raised in New Jersey, where he was influenced by a wide variety of musical styles through playing piano, bass guitar and percussion. He holds a Masters in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Richard Danielpour, Nils Vigeland, Darren Gage and Tom Parente. Abramson's music has been performed by TACTUS, the Claremont Ensemble, the Manhattan School of Music Composer's Orchestra, Yes is a World, and the Transit New Music Collective, which he co-founded in 2004. Presently Abramson is the bassist for both Kindergarden and Urban Sun, and is a writer, performer, and producer for the funk-electro band Mighty Five.
Sarah Edkins  

After working in London as a puppeteer, Sarah attended Falmouth School of art, in Cornwall, where she received a BA degree in Fine Art. After graduating, taking advantage of dual nationality, she moved to San Francisco. There she got involved in theater; designing, assisting and scenic painting. She also worked as a mural artist and to make ends meet, she was a  house-painter and short order cook. She came to New York to attend Tish school of the Arts, where she obtained a masters degree in Theater arts. In 1991 she was awarded an NEA TCG designers fellowship grant. Since graduating, she has worked consistently with those engaged in experimental theater. She has frequently been invited to participate in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where she has enjoyed collaborating with and meeting many of our more adventurous directors, including Jay Stern. One of these collaborations took her to Athens, Greece to continue development of an original work staged there, with Ioli Andreadi. In the New York area she has worked in the less traditional theater spaces such as La Mama, The Ohio, The Kitchen and HERE. Sarah also works as a teaching artist at various schools around  NYC. She has ongoing work as an event designer and installation Artist. 

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Paul Herbig’s film credits include Alone on the Dark II, Fears of a Clown, Unnatural Selection, and Spirit Cabinet. New York theater credits include Medea (Jason), Affluenza (Eugene – originated role), For the Good of the Nation (Younger), and El Conquistador vs. the Invisible Man (Masked Wrestler). Regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander) and The Tempest (Ferdinand). Paul has a BA in theater from the University of Albany.
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Films include the feature Love on Ice, The Sent, Fair Weather, Spirit Cabinet, this year's Academy Award Award winning short God of Love, the music video, Likely to Stray, in which she played the lead. Regional work includes Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Juliet in The Eternal Romeo and Juliet, Marie in Woyzeck, and Reggie Fluty in The Laramie Project. New York stage credits include 4.48 Psychosis, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, and A Comedy of Errors. Marian has extensive experience in improvisation and is a company member of the National Comedy Theatre.
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Craig Wichman studied with Stella Adler, and has since worked in all media. Film: The Devil You Know (title role), The Changeling (Alonzo de Piracquo). Television: One Life to Live, All My Children, Law & Order, Kojak. Online: videos for the AMC SciFi Dept. and the Unemployed Philosophers' Guild. Audio: Founder of Quicksilver Radio Theater (Scrooge, Frankenstein's Monster, Sherlock Holmes); Twilight Zone: The Radio Series (opposite Adam Baldwin and Bruno Kirby). New York Theater: Off-Broadway, (The Flashing Stream, Julius Caesar); The Lark (Warwick), The Beggar’s Opera (Macheath), “Fra Lippo Lippi” (National Arts Club). Regional: Twelve Angry Men (Juror #8), Showboat (Steve), Tecumseh! (Lt. Ross).
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Recent New York theatre includes the off-Broadway revivals of The Eccentricities of a Nightingale; Incident at Vichy; The Late Christopher Bean; The Memorandum; and Happy Birthday. Other New York theatre credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Directors Company, New Georges, Lark, and The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) where he is a company member. He has co-starred with June Allyson and Gig Young in national companies of My Daughter, Your Son and Harveyrespectively and has appeared with major regional theatres across the country from San Diego's Old Globe to Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont. Leading roles include those in The Cherry Orchard; Three Sisters; School For Scandal; Born Yesterday; Inherit The Wind; ART; The Marriage of Bette and Boo; Edward Albee's “Seascape;” “The Immigrant;” “Death of A Salesman; Mr. Roberts; The Woman In Black; Don't Dress For Dinner; Blithe Spirit; and An Inspector Calls among many others. Television work includes his roles on “As The World Turns” (Eric Masterson); Guiding Light (Darryl Hotchkiss); All My Children (Sam Solsky); Izzy and Moe (James J. Walker); and eight appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman. Films include Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford; Moscow On The Hudson directed by Paul Mazursky; The Purple Rose of Cairo directed by Woody Allen; Stonewall directed by Nigel Finch; and The Changeling directed by Jay Stern.
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Films include Woody Allen's The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Jingle Hell, I'm No Stud, Crime of Passion, and Spirit Cabinet. TV credits include Law & Order, Wall Street and Third Watch. Floyd has also appeared in numerous web videos, including MoveOn.org’s 10 Weeks (directed by John Sayles) and two videos for The Onion News Network. Ramona’s off-Broadway credits include the title role of Medea, and Pygmalion and The Maids (Jean Cocteau Repertory), The Monument (Clockwork Theatre) and Shaw’s Arms And The Man. Regional Theater includes Candida, In Chains, La Ronde, Blue Window, Rhinoceros, and The Balcony. Floyd has also appeared in over 50 regional/national commercials and voice-overs.

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Derek Lively is a playwright, actor and screenwriter. His solo show, Welcome To My Soul, was performed at HERE as part of PSNBC's talent showcase for NBC executives; the Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center; and Chicago City Limits. He appeared in the Off-Broadway production of I Count The Hours, playing all the male roles, as well as over thirty productions in NYC. His screenplay, The Nigga, was the winner of the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival Storyteller Competition and was subsequently optioned. His play, Two Realities, was the co-winner of the Around the Block 2006 Short Play Reading Series.
Mary Micari

Recent projects include What You Can Do, a series for PBS letting Americans know what they can do to help change the world in only a minute’s time.  She can also be seen in the web series The Sexually as a psychic turned therapist.  She has appeared in the independent films Belly, The Changeling, Aesops’ Diner, and Spirit Cabinet. She has performed in most black box theaters and comedy rooms in the New York City in projects ranging from Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company to sketch comedy at Caroline’s.  She has been heard on NPR as part of the award-winning Union Signal radio theater company.  Mary has also performed in numerous pharmaceutical industrials almost entirely in Orlando.

Lorna Ventura  

Lorna began her career as a dancer after graduating the acclaimed High School of Performing Arts in New York City. She received full scholarships and the opportunity to study and perform with companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Hispanico. On Broadway, she’s worked as an Associate Choreographer alongside George C. Wolfe and Kenny Roberson in Harlem Song and Christopher Ashley in All Shook Up! The 2010-11 NY Musical Theater Festival gave Lorna a nomination and an honorable mention for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for ”Frog Kiss A Musical.” Broadway credits as a performer include: Joe Mantello and Mark Platt’s Wicked (Midwife), Des McAnuff’s How to Succeed in Business (Miss. Krumholtz), and Tommy Tune’s Grease (Rizzzo). Lorna has had the pleasure of sharing the Broadway stage with Ben Vereen, Chita Rivera, Jennifer Holiday and Joel Grey to name a few. On the big screen as well as television, she has had the opportunity to hone her craft working alongside impressive directors, such as James Mangold in Kate and Leopold and Fred Scheppisi in It Runs in the Family. Lorna has also choreographed several episodes for seasons one, two and three for Gossip Girl , including: Valley Girls, In the Realm of Basses, It's a Wonderful Lie, Hi Society and Disco Stick.

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Costume Designer and Fashion Stylist, Polina Roytman, studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and Polimoda in Florence, Italy. She mentored at Donna Karan and Myth and Ritual before transitioning into costumes and styling. She’s collaborated with celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes and Emmy award winning costume designers Sally Lesser and David Zyla; along with photographers Andrea Blanch, Melanie Acevedo, Jeffrey Bucari, and Udo Spreitzenbarth. Other credits: Dancing With The Stars, America’s Got Talent, Good Morning America, Nike, Lufthansa Airlines, MasterCard, Toshiba, America’s Next Top Model, ZINK Magazine, Susan Lucci, Tyra Banks, Amber Rose, Warner Bros CMA party, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Western Union, ABC, NBC, Lincoln Center. More at polinaroytman.com and fashionbeautyandfun.com.



Graziano began his career working in the reality genre as Producer and Production Manager, for clients such as MTV, Travel Channel and A&E. Soon after, he started his work as Line Producer on the Festival favorite To Paint the Portrait of a Bird (based on a poem by Jaques Prevert) and worked on several features starring Willem Dafoe, Andie MacDowell, Brian Cox, Fisher Stevens and Robert Loggia. Two of his films (A Woman and 1937) premiered at the Venice Film Festival and others (iMurders and As Good As Dead) have gotten wide theatrical releases.

Graziano is passionate about going on the journey with the filmmaker from script to screen. Drawn to compelling stories, regardless of the genre, he enjoys the process of collaborating with a creative team to define how the story will be told. To complement his experience he has had the unique fortune to live in many parts of the world, which has helped him develop a sensitivity to the people and world around him. Collaboration is the driving force behind his management style, which translates into an organized, fun and efficient production.

Eric Berkal

Cindy Chin is the Founder and President of CLC Advisors, LLC, specializing in marketing, brand, and sales strategy. She is currently acting as an Ambassador and advisor in strategy and marketing for Windows for Widows, a non-profit organization providing microfinance funds for women in Egypt, the Dominican Republic, India and West Africa.

She is a former consultant for several leading international management consulting firms including McKinsey & Company, Coopers & Lybrand, LLC, and asset management firm Strategic Hotels & Resorts. She has worked with companies in a variety of industries ranging from Charles Schwab (finance/marketing), Ortho Diagnostics and Cordis, subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson (pharmaceuticals), The Gilt Groupe (fashion/retail), to Lincoln Center (arts).

Cindy sits on the Board of Directors of the Diller-Quaile School of Music as the Development Committee Chair, Co-Chair of the Annual Fund, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is also actively involved as a member of The New York Philharmonic’s Young New Yorkers, the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center, where she sat on YPLC’s Strategic Taskforce on the Digital Landscape and Financial Strategic Plan Initiatives during their $2.1 billion redevelopment project, and The New York Junior League, as a Provisional Training Committee group leader in mentoring and developing new volunteers.

She is currently studying Advanced Piano at The Juilliard School’s Evening Division and is preparing for The Van Cliburn International Outstanding Amateur Competition in May 2014.


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